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Sunday stroll up Kinpurney Hill

Sunday stroll up Kinpurney Hill


Postby denfinella » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:31 pm

Route description: Kinpurney Hill and Monument, Newtyle

Date walked: 29/12/2013

Time taken: 1.5 hours

Distance: 5.5 km

Ascent: 280m

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2014 hasn't been a very productive year for hill-walking (yet!), and I have to go all the way back to 2013 to locate the last time I got into the Scottish hills. December 29th was a lovely, breezy, generally sunny day in NE Scotland, and a free Sunday afternoon left ample time to pay another visit to the Sidlaw Hills - Dundee giving Aberdeen a run for its money in the competition for the best local hills.

The starting point at Newtyle is just a hop away from the A90. We started walking along the road away from the village car park, with an expansive view of Kinpurney Hill, bedecked with tower and the odd tree, opening up on the right. The ground was wet from a shower that had just passed through, but the weather looked more promising now.

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This is a good varied walk, which soon leaves the quiet road and heads up the side of Edderty Burn in an attractive wooded gorge. There are plenty of small waterfalls along with an old millpond (which has sadly been drained) along the way.

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Eventually the path leaves the trees and burn behind, heading onto open ground. Usefully, a good proportion of the ascent has already been done by now, and the change of surroundings stops it from becoming too much of a slog. The famous "steroid sheep" (recently spotted in a wide variety of Highland locations) also paid us a visit.

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A grassy track shows the way up to the top of the hill, which is a pleasantly cluttered sort of place with a few trees, old observatory and trig point. You can also get inside the shell of the observatory, which might be a useful shelter on a wild day (despite it having holes for windows).

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Sheep are evidently a problem for tree preservation here...

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The views from the top were hazy today, with the rest of the Sidlaws just about the farthest you could see: the wooded side of higher Auchterhouse/Craigowl Hill to the east and Long Loch/Lundie Craig to the southwest (below).

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Back down by the way of ascent in strengthening winds and fading light - lucky with the timing on this one, missing the rain and the worst of the wind!
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Re: Sunday stroll up Kinpurney Hill

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:15 pm

Looks a good one, I enjoy wanders like this that have a bit of everything.
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